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The best Christmas pageant ever, by Barbara Robinson ; illustrated by Laura Cornell

Label
The best Christmas pageant ever
Title
The best Christmas pageant ever
Statement of responsibility
by Barbara Robinson ; illustrated by Laura Cornell
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The six horrible Herdmans, the worst children in the history of the world, take over the annual Christmas pageant
Tone
Character
Review
  • PreS-Gr 2 — The infamous Christmas pageant scene from Robinson's chapter book of the same name (HarperCollins, 1972) has been condensed quite successfully into a picture book. Readers are introduced to the six Herdmans, "the worst kids in the history of the world." They lie, steal, and play with matches "…and when they didn't have anything else to do, they would bang the garage door up and down and try to squash each other." When they take over the annual Christmas pageant, everyone is horrified but, of course, the Herdmans bring a chaotic sincerity and authenticity to the evening that is truly moving. Cornell's trademark pen-and-ink and watercolor drawings capture the skinny-legged, scraggly-haired, snaggle-toothed Herdmans to a tee.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library --Eva Mitnick (Reviewed October 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 10, p96)
  • The “worst kids in the history of the world” are laugh-out-loud outrageous in this rollicking picture-book adaptation of Robinson’s 1972 novel. Cornell’s (My Mommy Hung the Moon) humorous, energetic illustrations highlight the incorrigible Herdman siblings’ naughtiness, as they’re pictured acting out well beyond the shenanigans chronicled in the punchy text. At Sunday school, they “stole all the money out of the collection plate,” and the fact that they don’t know the Nativity story “didn’t stop them from picking out the best parts for themselves.” As in the original version, they steal the show, providing a satisfying primer for kids not yet ready for Robinson’s longer holiday treat. Ages 4–8. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed September 26, 2011) (Publishers Weekly, vol 258, issue 39, p)
  • The beloved novel about the ultimate church Christmas pageant is abridged for a younger audience or shorter holiday storytimes, with charming watercolor illustrations that bring the crowd of Herdmans to life. Robinson's classic tale, first published in 1972, relates the story of the six ill-behaved Herdman children, who suddenly begin attending Sunday school at their neighborhood church. They take over all the major roles in the Christmas pageant, causing lots of humorous mischief along the way. The unusual pageant is ultimately a great success, with heartfelt performances by the Herdman kids, who bring their holiday ham to the manger as their offering. This truncated version cuts the longer story down to just the basic plot elements, without the hilarious hijinks of the Herdmans and with some loss of the subtle underlying theme conveyed in the full-length novel. However, the story is often performed as a play during the holiday season, and this shorter version will serve well as an introduction to children prior to a performance or as a read-aloud for the family gathered around the Christmas tree. Cornell's distinctive, loose watercolors add humorous details. The full-length novel better conveys the complex narrative, but this picture-book version makes the basic story easily accessible to all. Final art not seen. (Picture book. 4-9)(Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10024614
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1927-2013
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Robinson, Barbara
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages 4-8
LC call number
PZ7.R5628
LC item number
Be 2011
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Cornell, Laura
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Christmas stories
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Human behavior
  • Christmas
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Behavior
  • Humorous stories
  • Brothers and sisters
  • Christmas stories
  • Human behavior
Target audience
primary
Label
The best Christmas pageant ever, by Barbara Robinson ; illustrated by Laura Cornell
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"A picture book adaptation of the novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn693205401
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060890759
Lccn
2010042666
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)693205401
Label
The best Christmas pageant ever, by Barbara Robinson ; illustrated by Laura Cornell
Publication
Note
"A picture book adaptation of the novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson"--Title page verso
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn693205401
Dimensions
27 cm
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060890759
Lccn
2010042666
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)693205401

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